Bovine TB in Indiana prompts warnings for Ohio cattle owners

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) — The diagnosis of bovine tuberculosis in a wild deer in southeast Indiana this week is prompting warnings for cattle owners and hunters in Ohio.

The state veterinarian is urging cattle owners in southwest Ohio to closely monitor their herds for symptoms of the bacterial disease, such as lethargy and coughing. He also recommends owners take steps to prevent cattle from having contact with wild animals.

Officials say bovine tuberculosis mainly affects cattle but can be transmitted to any warm-blooded animal. They say infected deer may not have noticeable signs of the disease.

Officials recommend that hunters protect themselves by wearing gloves when field dressing animals and by fully cooking any meat.

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